Friday, January 17, 2020

Top 5 Causes of Water Damage

Common Reasons for Water Damage

Whether a pipe has burst behind your walls or you have a leaky faucet, it’s important that you know and recognize the signs pointing to potential water damage to prevent further issues. 

There are many reasons why water damage can occur; here are five of the most common reasons for water damage to occur within the home.

1. Burst Pipes
Water pipes that become leaky, or even burst, are the most common culprit for water damage. Pipes can leak or burst when there are changes in water temperature or water pressure within the pipes. Bursts and leaks can also be caused by the natural deterioration of the pipe itself. If a pipe does burst in your home, it’s essential to have any water damage you experience assessed by a professional.

2. Leaky Roof
An old roof that hasn’t been maintained or has undergone serious damage during a storm can be a cause of water damage. Due to the roof being saturated by water, excess water can collect and leak through ceilings, which eventually can cause the ceiling to sag and corrode. Deterioration of the ceilings due to water damage, can also lead to poor indoor air quality and health concerns, especially for those with allergies.

3. Overflowing Toilets
Sometimes, bursts or leaks in piping can cause water damage, but some backups and clogs in the piping can cause toilets to simply overflow. Overflowing can cause water damage to flooring aesthetics and, eventually, the foundation of the bathroom floorboards.

4. Closed in Areas
Isolated areas of a home or building, such as an attic or basement, often do not have proper ventilation and can be a cause of water damage. If pipes burst in an area that has no airflow, the affected area is more susceptible to grow mold, which not only can destroy a home’s structure, but can also decrease indoor air quality.

5. Rain Gutters Stop Draining
If rain gutters become backed up with leaves and other debris, they can cause water to flow beyond the gutter, ultimately damage to the exterior of your home. Regular cleaning and maintenance of rain gutters can ensure that dirty water is able to run off of your home. 

Water Damage Evaluation in Suffolk County

At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we test for water damage at a reasonable rate. If you suspect that there may be a problem in the home or building, call us to schedule your indoor evaluation at 631-940-8100. 

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